Global Warming = Economic Catastrophe
We’ve all heard the warnings about global warming: more extreme weather (hurricanes, droughts), disease epidemics, species extinction. So far there hasn’t been any sign of a pulse from our “leaders.”
But the latest warnings are speaking the one language that our “leaders” understand — the economy. NOW maybe the Bush Administration will peek out of its bubble and look around.
Last week England’s Prince Charles declared global warming “the No. 1 risk in the world, ahead of terrorism and demographic change.”
Last month, conservative Senator Richard Lugar (R-Ind.) spoke to the United Nations Security Council on the urgency of this crisis. He said “The problem of climate change is real and caused by man-made emissions of greenhouse gasses, including carbon dioxide from fossil fuels.” He also said that climate change could “bring drought, famine, disease, mass migration and rising sea levels threatening coasts and economies worldwide, all of which could lead to political conflict and instability.”
Also waking up is the National Association of Insurance Commissioners. In 2004 they lost a record $30 billion in hurricane-related insurance losses. In ‘05 they lost $60 billion just from Hurricane Katrina.
The good news is, only a few delusional rightwing nutzoids are still clinging to the idea that global warming is a myth. A few other wingnuts are keeping their heads in the sand (or somewhere else) and claiming that it’s just a natural cycle, totally unrelated to man-made pollution.
The bad news is, most of these wingnuts are in the Bush Administration.